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Guards at the Taj

19 - 21 Sep

A lifelong friendship tested when two ordinary men are ordered to do the unthinkable.

Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Bali Padda

A wonderfully funny and moving exploration of beauty and power, autocracy and resistance, and conflicting loyalties. Guards at the Taj centres on a hilariously relatable friendship that is tested by extreme and brutal circumstances.

Humayun and Babur are best friends, and guards in Hindustani ruler Shah Jahan’s Imperial Army. They bicker, reminisce about jungle escapades, and have the dubious privilege of standing guard over the Taj Mahal the night before it is revealed to the world as the most potent and powerful personification of beauty.

At the grand opening of the Taj Mahal, the Emperor decrees that nothing more beautiful shall ever be built again. To ensure this, he orders two imperial guards to perform a horrendous task.

National Theatre of Parramatta bring Rajiv Joseph’s script to new life in this new tour. Guards at the Taj mixes witty black comedy with the bloodiest deeds of Greek tragedy.


  • ...touching, funny and potent.... a captivating exploration of how far friendship can be pushed and the tension between duty and humanity - City Hub

Cast and Creatives

Playwright Rajiv Joseph
Director / Tour Producer Bali Padda
Executive Producer – National Theatre of Parramatta Joanne Kee
Associate Producer – National Theatre of Parramatta Daniel Cottier / Emma White
Producer National Theatre of Parramatta
Cast Akkshey Caplash & Idam Sondhi
Production Designer James Browne
Lighting Designer Kate Baldwin
Sound Designer Me-Lee Hay
Production Management Paperjam Partners
Photography Noni Carroll

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